The Portland Museum 2013 Biennial: Piecework features more than 70 works ranging in media from painting and drawing to photography and video. Piece Work was curated by Jessica May, the PMA’s Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art.
The subtitle Piece Work evokes the traditional labor-based notion of artisans and factory workers who are paid “by the piece,” but also conjures the image in visitors’ minds of “one thing after another,” a seemingly endless repetition of making, passing, and making again. While the artwork featured in Piece Work spans a broad range of media, the thread that connects the artists is their use of repetition, handcraft, and translation.
This year, the Biennial extends beyond the museum’s main exhibition gallery to envelop the entire campus. Multiple works are installed in the McLellan House, interacting with the historic architecture. Adriane Herman and Brian Reeves' collaboratively created wallpaper installation, entitled "Dually Noted," is located in the lobby of the museum and excerpted on the face of the Museum. The Exhibition runs through January 5, 2014.
Museum visitors can bring home a helping of "Dually Noted," in the form of coffee mugs, mousepads, post-it note cubes, large and small sketchbooks and PUZZLES!
Photographs of installation copyright Justin Lumiere.